COVID-19: All domestic badminton tournaments in April and May postponed

All upcoming domestic badminton tournaments in the nation have been postponed amid the surge in COVID-19 instances, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) knowledgeable on Monday.

As a end result, the upcoming tournament in Bengaluru, scheduled to be performed from April 18 to 25 has been postponed. Also, junior and sub-junior competitions in Hyderabad, which have been slated to be held in May, have been postponed.

“With the exponential rise in the number of COVID+ cases across the country, BAI President Himanta Biswa has decided to postpone all the upcoming domestic tournaments starting with Banglore (April18-25) followed by junior and sub-junior in Hyderabad in May,” BAI Media tweeted.

India has been present process a second COVID-19 wave in the previous few days. On Sunday, over one lakh new infections have been reported, the best 24-hour spike in the nation for the reason that starting of the pandemic.

Earlier in the day, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) introduced that the Russian Open 2021 and Indonesia Masters 2021 Super 100 have been cancelled as a result of COVID-19 restrictions and problems

“The Badminton World Federation (BWF) can confirm two BWF Tour Super 100 tournaments — the Russian Open 2021 and Indonesia Masters 2021 Super 100 – have been cancelled,” BWF mentioned in an announcement.

“The ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and complications left local organisers no choice but to cancel the tournaments. The respective decisions of the national badminton federations of Russia and Badminton Indonesia were made in consultation and agreement with the BWF,” it added.

BWF on Saturday had knowledgeable that it could stage its 82nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) nearly in May. A proposal from Badminton Indonesia and Badminton Maldives, seconded by Badminton Asia, to amend the legal guidelines of badminton regarding the scoring system might be mentioned in the BWF AGM on May 22.

The proposal is to vary the scoring system from better of three video games of 21 factors to finest of 5 video games of 11 factors. According to BWF, quite a lot of gadgets are on the agenda together with the scheduled Council Elections — uniquely falling in an Olympic 12 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

(With ANI inputs)

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